Mid-Continent Public Library is pleased to announce the completion of renovations at its Antioch Branch (6060 N. Chestnut Ave., Gladstone, MO 64119), which reopened to the public on November 26, resuming its regular hours (Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.). An official Rededication Ceremony will be held at the branch on Friday, January 4, at 9:00 a.m. and will include remarks from Library leadership as well as local elected officials, followed by a “book opening” ceremony―marking a new chapter for the branch―and reception.
“We are so excited to welcome back our customers and can’t wait to show them all of the new and improved features of their Library,” said Rosalyn Spring, Antioch Branch Manager. “The goal with this project was to transform our branch into a modern space that customers could use to learn, grow, and connect with one another, and with the development of more purposeful spaces and added technology, I think we’ve accomplished that!”
In addition to the Rededication Ceremony, the Antioch Branch will host an Open House on Saturday, January 5, which will kick off at 2:00 p.m. with live entertainment from magician Eric Vaughn, followed by refreshments and a selfie station. During both the Rededication Ceremony on Friday and throughout the day on Saturday, the Library will give away special commemorative tokens (one per person) that can be used one time to clear all Library fines and fees up to $10.
In addition, the Library will offer a mobile scavenger hunt through the free GooseChase app, which customers can participate in to qualify for a $50 gift certificate to Cascone’s Italian Restaurant. The Antioch Branch Scavenger Hunt will kick off at the rededication ceremony on January 4 and run through January 11 at 6:00 p.m.
Since the Antioch Branch closed on June 18, it has received a variety of interior and exterior upgrades, including a new community room with A/V equipment (seats 140), new collaboration rooms, new teen and children’s areas, an updated storytime program room, a reading lounge, new furniture, and upgraded technology including new computers and printers as well as improved Wi-Fi coverage and access.
Scheduled near the start of Phase I of MCPL’s Capital Improvement Plan, the Antioch Branch is one of many Library branches to receive upgrades, which have been made possible by increased funding from the passage of Proposition L by voters in 2016. While the upgrades at each branch vary based on individual community needs and the building’s current condition, the Library’s goal has been to create more intentional spaces and improve essential technology. Design work for the five-year Capital Plan is being completed by Sapp Design Architects and Helix Architecture + Design with JE Dunn assuming responsibility for construction contractor management.
In addition to all the physical upgrades, the increased funding approved by voters in 2016 has allowed MCPL to expand branch hours, enhance special services, augment early literacy efforts, and buy more materials.
More information about the Antioch Branch’s reopening can be found at mymcpl.org/Community.
The parking was evidently not thoroughly thought out. It is poor.
We apologize for the parking lot not being completed at the Antioch branch due to the weather sneaking in early this year. The remaining part of the lot is to be resurfaced, and restriped so that the alignment matches the direction of the flow of traffic. The former handicap parking spaces are also available for everyone now that the new handicap parking is in the front of the library. We appreciate your comments as we move forward with improvements to your MCPL. Thank you!
The handicap parking is not acceptable. It was definitely not well thought out. The spaces closest to the door are difficult to get in and out of. The spaces along the side of the building are good, but there is no access at the curb. Some of us find it difficult to step up and down off of the curb. This needs to be corrected sooner than later.
I was disappointed to find that the shelves for the customer holds is towards the back. I put material on hold because I have difficulty walking very far. It was much better with those shelves closer to the door.